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Series: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Written on Water
by Eileen Chang, translated from the Chinese by Andrew F. Jones
Original, memorable and unlike anything else that has come from the era. A fine contribution to Chinese letters in translation.
Daily life, human interactions, and fashion are—particularly for 1940s China—considered female topics, and if Eileen Chang has any political dreams, they are for a space in which women's problems can be accepted and considered.
—Rain Taxi Review
Before Joan Didion, there was Eileen Chang. A slender, dramatic woman with a taste for livid details and feverish colors, Chang combined Didion's glamor and sensibility with the terrific wit of Evelyn Waugh. She could, with a single phrase, take you hostage.
—Jamie Fisher, The Millions
China's Virginia Woolf.
—The Wall Street Journal
Her writing . . . is cinematically crisp, and phantasmagorical. . . . She had the lunatic sensibilities of Marc Chagall, married to a Henri Matisse-like elegance.
—Ilaria Maria Sala, The Wall Street Journal
As Chang is gaining a growing number of readers in different languages, her work is being positioned where it always belonged, next to other world classics.
—Robert McG. Thomas, The New York Times